German Rex red tabby
Ch. Kessy de Woracanose
Breeder: Noël Weckerle, Woracanose cattery, Switzerland

German Rex come in all colours and patterns, which one can imagine, with white and without white, with silver or in golden, with tabby pattern and in Colourpoint.

  • white
German Rex white
von Assindia cattery
Breeder: Anneliese Hackmann, von Assindia cattery, Essen, Germany
  • black, blue
  • chocolate, lilac
  • red, cream
  • cinnamon, fawn
  • tortie, bluecream
  • chocolate tortie, lilac tortie
tortie German Rex
Saxon Glory Lisette Bastet
Breeder: Ilona Jänicke, Saxon Glory cattery, Dresden, Germany
German Rex bluecream
Lilith Rex von den Katzentreppen
Owner: Kirsten Jung, vom Hause Jung cattery, Wedau, Germany
  • All those colours can also have all tabby patterns, for example black spotted, red mackerel, bluecream blotched, and so on.
  • All those colours can appear with silver or with golden, for example blue smoke, black golden shaded, blue golden mackerel, red silver blotched, chocolate tortie silver spotted, cream silver mackerel, and so on.
  • And all those colours can also be with white (bicolour, Van, etc.), for example black and white bicolour, red and white Van, tortie mackerel bicolour, cream smoke with white, black silver blotched bicolour, and so on.
German Rex black-white
Caribula Amon
Breeder: Kirsten Werbeck, Caribula cattery, Germany
And - last but not least - all those colours can also appear as Colourpoints, with white or without white, as silver or golden pointed, tabby pointed, and so on.
German Rex sealpoint
Bonsai the Frizzled Frolic
Breeder: Uschi Schwarzenbach, the Frizzled Frolic cattery, Diepoldsau, Switzerland
There exist hundreds of colours and pattern combinations, and all those varieties can be admired on shows.


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Standard FIFe
Standard LOOF
Standard WCF
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Breed profile

The German Rex is a medium-sized shorthair cat. It is a medium cat, where nothing is extreme.

The head is medium long with prominent cheekbones and a rounded muzzle. The head appears rounded. The nose is medium long and straight with a slight indentation at the base. The eye brows and whiskers are stiff and crinkled.
The eyes are medium-sized and round. All eye colours are permitted.
The ears are medium-sized and higher set on the head.

The body is medium in size, medium long and solid, but not coarse. The chest is round.
The legs are relatively fine and medium long with oval paws.
The tail is medium long and only slightly tapered.

The coat is medium-short and soft. The coat can be curled or wavy. It takes quite a long time until the wavy coat is developed. The coat can have any colour, any pattern, the colours may appear with white or without white, there are also existing Colourpoints which are called Si-Rex.



The breed is still a rare breed. The first cat was Munk, a blue male, the result of a cross between an Angora cat and a Russian Blue, living with Mrs. Schneider in Königsberg (East Prussia) in 1930/31. It was Dr. Rose Scheuer-Karpin who founded the breed. In 1951 she found a black female with wavy coat, which was called "Lämmchen" (German word for little lamb) and lived in the backyard of the Hufeland hospital in Berlin-Buch. In 1957 Lämmchen was back crossed with her son Fridolin, a hybrid, she got a litter of four, where two kitten had a wavy coat. Over the years the breed almost died out, and in 1968 only three cats had been left. Some breeders tried to save the survival of the German Rex:
Family Barensfeld, cattery "vom Grund" and living in eastern Berlin outcrossed their cats with Devon Rex and other domestic cats. Family Wöllner, cattery "von Zeitz", living in western German, imported despite all problems a German Rex from family Barensfeld in 1973, and produced the first Si-Rex in 1981.
Some well known catteries of the begin are "vom Glücksklee/Glücksanger" (family Glück), cattery "vom Jagdrain" (family Kania), cattery "von Assindia" (Mrs. Anneliese Hackmann, the founder of the WCF), cattery "vom Hause Hamann (Mr. Thomas Hamann).
In 2002 the first litter of German Rex in Finland was born.
In 2002 the German Rex Cat Club (GRXCC) was founded, whose main goal is to develop breeding strategies for the German Rex and to ensure the breed's survival.



The German Rex is an active cat with a gentle temperament. They are like little clowns, love to play and are very loayal cats. One will be caught by their lovely character.



German Rex need little grooming, because their coat does not shed. Brushing them from time to time will keep their coat healthy and remove dead hairs.


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